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Controversial 'Welcome to Memphis' T-shirt sells for good cause

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It says "Welcome to Memphis" and shows someone being shoved in a car trunk. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) It says "Welcome to Memphis" and shows someone being shoved in a car trunk. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Designer Alec Wilson says he put eleven years of thought into this project. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Designer Alec Wilson says he put eleven years of thought into this project. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
It's in line with his other tongue in-cheek designs like a "Choklahoma" T-shirt. (Photo Source: Memphis City Design) It's in line with his other tongue in-cheek designs like a "Choklahoma" T-shirt. (Photo Source: Memphis City Design)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - A local business owner is using a controversial T-shirts to help victims of violence.

It says "Welcome to Memphis" and shows someone being shoved in a car trunk. Many say it's a bad reflection of one of Memphis' biggest flaws: crime.

Designer Alec Wilson says he put 11 years of thought into this project.

"I myself was a victim of violent crime and a recipient of some money from that [Tennessee Victims of Violent Crimes] fund, so this is my way of paying it back," he said.

Wilson uses a wheelchair.

"I was shot in the back in a robbery," he said.

He nearly lost his life walking to his car in Midtown. He attributes the Tennessee Victims of Violent Crimes fund with helping him get back on his feet.

So $5 of every T-shirt sold will be donated to the fund.

"After getting shot and going through all that, it was a difficult time in my life, and that fund really helped me out," he said.

Wilson knows the T-shirt isn't for everyone, but it's in line with his other tongue in-cheek designs like a "Choklahoma" T-shirt that sold like hot cakes during the Grizzlies finals this year.

"It's no secret that the crime rate in Memphis is high," he said. "It creates attention, and it's gonna help a worthy cause."

For more details on the shirt, click here: http://www.memphicitydesign.com/#!t-shirt-shop/c1z3p.

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